The warm, sunny weather which France has been enjoying recently is set to come to a sudden end this week, as temperatures drop by 10 degrees, bringing rain and even snow to some areas.
Between Tuesday and Wednesday (March 29-30) the anticyclone which has kept temperatures mild over the month of March will move on, being replaced from April 1 by a cold front descending from Scandinavia towards France.
Voici en animation l'évolution, et surtout la chute des températures maximales entre ce dimanche et vendredi prochain ... Après la #douceur printanière , préparez-vous à un effondrement des températures et au retour du #froid et de l'hiver en fin de semaine ! pic.twitter.com/xkxoZGvcJU— La Chaîne Météo (@lachainemeteo) March 27, 2022
Today (March 28), the weather will remain warm, reaching 20 degrees in the afternoon. Tomorrow will see clouds gathering over three quarters of the country, with showers in the afternoon in all areas save the east and south east. In Brittany, the weather may even become stormy.
The rain will arrive in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and Corsica on Wednesday, and temperatures will drop across the country, in a trend which continues into Thursday.
On Friday, episodes of sleet could occur even in low-lying areas and precipitation will fall as snow from 800m above sea level. Snow showers are most likely to occur in Ile-de-France and in the east of the country.
❄️Retour de la #neige sur l'ensemble du relief à basse altitude à partir de vendredi. Assez ironiquement, probabilités non nulles de voir les premiers flocons de la "saison" en plaine par endroit (NO notamment)... #1eravril pic.twitter.com/ER4F6zc9cJ— Francois Jobard (@Francois_Jobard) March 27, 2022
By the end of the week, temperatures will generally be sitting between seven and 12 degrees, but the wind may make it feel even colder. In the Alps, Pyrenees and Massif Central, the temperature could drop to freezing on Friday afternoon, while in Paris and Lyon they will reach three degrees.
The rainfall expected for the end of the week is good news for French farmland, which has now been deprived of water for around a month. However, the possibility of freezing temperatures could prove fatal to some crops.
You can read the weather forecast in greater detail (in French) on weather service website Chaîne Météo.